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Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal in conversation with Pepa Blanes

They shot the piano player

Segovia 2023, 

What happened that night? The question that prompts the narrator of the animated film They Shot the Piano Player sets off an investigation into the fateful event that took the life of Francisco Tenório Cerqueira Jr, a musician destined to change the course of Brazilian music forever. Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal talk to the Head of Culture of Cadena SER, Pepa Blanes, about what led them to undertake this passion project, which will be released in theatres on October 6, and whose graphic novel adaptation has just been published by Salamandra Graphic.

Mariscal is an internationally renowned illustrator and designer who won the National Design Award in 1999. He is best known for being the creator of Cobi, the mascot of the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games. He has exhibited his work at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the MOMA, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the IVAM and the MACBA. Trueba (Madrid, 1955) is a world-renowned Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer. His most critically acclaimed films include Belle Époque (The Age of Beauty), winner of nine Goya awards and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and La niña de tus ojos,(The Girl of Your Dreams) also a multi-award winner at the Goya Awards. The collaboration between the two artists was already reflected in Chico y Rita, an animated film also adapted to a graphic novel that won the Goya for Best Animated Film, received an Oscar nomination in the same category and won the European Film Award.

Event in Spanish

Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal in conversation with Pepa Blanes